For Swansea's Benjamin Damage started with the raw, energy fueled 'Maximum Carnage' mixtapes produced with DJ Venom, mixing up Bassline/Niche Rhythms with the emerging UK Funky Sound. The release of the insanely catchy track 'Deeper' on Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen label is a milestone in the evolution of Deep Rave Sound. In 2011, following the success of Deeper, Benjamin Damage released the brilliantly diverse 4 track solo EP 'Antidote'. Featuring haunting melodies, intricate rhythms and vicious bass, the record received radio plays on Rinse FM and Radio 1 and was heavily supported by the DJs Jackmaster, Sinden and Seb Chew.
The 12“ 'Creeper' - the first collaboration with Doc Daneeka – took Deep Rave to the next level. On New Years Eve in 2010 they sent the track to Modeselektor who played the tune in front of a huge audience in San Francisco that night. The people loved it and Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka were signed on 50WEAPONS the very next day.
With the B-Side ’Infamous’ completed for this Single, they were invited to Berlin to produce the album ’They!Live’, that was released in January 2012. Soon after their temporary stay both artists decided to move to Berlin.
Doc Daneeka has once been named “the King of Wales” by US magazine XLR8R. His highly praised Ten Thousand Yen imprint has not only released the fantastic 'Deeper' by Benjamin Damage (with production partner Venom), but also glorious singles by XXXY and Julio Bashmore amongst others. The Welshman's been dropping hints of subtle flair ever since his track 'Drums in the Deep' appeared on Fabric's Elevator Music back in January 2010, and now with only a handful of remixes and singles under his belt, seems to have hit an early maturity with the release of a full length album.
'They Live!', their first album together, was released in January 2012. It is a collection of Berlin inspired, UK influenced Deep House, UK Funky, Tech House, Detroit- and Dub-Techno tracks all recorded in Berlin between late August and early November 2011. You'll find as much depth as you will find uplifting energy on here. There is as much darkness as light. Melodies and soundscapes go hand in hand with club pleasing beats. On some tracks you will hear the lush voice of UK singer Abigail Wyles, who came to Berlin to record with the Swansea boys.